Category Archives: My Dogs

Winter Location Scout {North GTA Conservation Area}

Winter is often a difficult time of the year to find nice locations for photos. During one of my location scouts I came across a beautiful conservation area in the north GTA. It had a very nice forest backdrop with trails and an open field area. There is a pond and various trails throughout the park which I hope to explore in the Springtime. I have added this place to my list of dog friendly locations available for clients.

I brought Sniper along to be my stand-in model. He has come a long way since he was a puppy – he used to never stay still but has turned into my best model. He takes his job pretty seriously these days, but still keeps his goofy puppiness when it comes to action shots. Lying down on the ground to take them is not without it’s hazards! He comes flying at me full speed and jumps on my head and mauls me with kisses. It has become a game of getting up off the ground quickly before there is a dog on your head!

Enjoy the photos, Snipe is a real character!

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Happy New Year!

On Sunday I got my three dogs out for a fun afternoon out in the snow. I still find it hard to believe that this group walk was our last one in 2012! This year has gone by fast with unexpected challenges, and surprising rewards. I had my share of happiness, sadness, tough times, and wonderful times. I thank everyone who has supported me and been a great friend this past year. With my injuries behind me, I truly look forward to 2013 and kicking it off on a good note! So much has happened this year, I can’t wait for the new one and everything that will come with it.

Have a Great New Year, and enjoy these cloudy winter day photos!

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Mystery injury solved!

Thank-you so much to all my friends, family, and clients who have been supportive and wonderful! On Monday April 30th I went in for arthroscopic surgery on my knee, and the cause of my pain and knee problems was finally discovered after what felt like a long 4 months. It turns out I had damaged the cartilage and had something called hypermobile lateral meniscus (in other terms, the cartilage was very loose and shifting, causing all the pain and problems). The surgeon has removed the damaged piece, and I am now at home recovering. Once I am fully healed up I should be able to kneel and run like I used to! Sessions are post-poned until I am able to return to work and get back out walking and photographing. In the mean time, I am grateful for everyones well wishes to a speedy recovery!

I took these photos of my dogs on the weekend at the local park before I had to go in. We had some gorgeous sunshine! The dogs are being wonderful, I think they understand I need to rest and have been unusually quiet.

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Mystery Injury!

Some may already know about my knee troubles this past month, as it has been over 4 weeks now since the initial injury. Despite having seen three doctors, a specialist, having an ultrasound and 2 separate sets of X-Ray’s my injury still have the doctors stumped! I am scheduled for an MRI next week which I am excited about. I have always found the field of medicine interesting, and it will be a brand new experience for me that I’ve only ever seen on television before.

Thankfully this past Wednesday I was told by the specialist that I no longer require the leg brace and crutches and can resume walking once again. It took me a few days before I regained enough movement and strength in my left leg to go out walking, but it was well worth the wait! I took the dogs out to a local baseball diamond for a fun game of fetch. I never truly appreciated how much these little outings meant to me until it was taken away.

I have been working on a 52 weeks photography project with my youngest dog Sniper. This project requires the participants to post one photograph a week that must be taken and posted within the same week. After what felt like an eternity of not being able to go out for walks, I was just thrilled to get out for the first time since my injury. I wanted to take some high energy shots that reflect on the pent-up energy we all have around here, and I channelled all my desires for some action and speed into the images.

This has been a difficult time for me, and I truly appreciate those who have been supportive and understanding. I am anxious to be back to my regular self, and am patiently waiting to meet some wonderful dogs in the near future!

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Hidden Jems

Living in a suburban environment can make it difficult to find nice places to walk the dogs close to home. Richmond Hill is located centrally in the Greater Toronto Area, with the closest dog friendly hiking locations a minimum of 45 minutes away in each direction. I have always been a nature lover and my favourite places to visit are those that seem far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I truly enjoy being alone in the woods with the dogs, taking in the scenery, sights, and sounds of what the world naturally offers.

Hiking in the woods is serene, it calms my spirit and relieves me of stress. The dogs love it equally as much, as it offers them a sense of freedom they normally do not have. The look of enjoyment on their faces is all I need to feel at ease. For my dogs, there is no other form of exercise that stimulates them as much as running through the woods does.

This is why I feel so fortunate to have discovered a trail near my home that offers this feeling of freedom, despite being surrounded by a busy suburban environment. The trail is tucked away off main roads with no signage to indicate it is there. This trail is surrounded by large open fields, the majority untouched as there is only a single pathway. Quite of a few of my all time favourite photographs of my dogs have been taken in this location. I am truly grateful to have this trail in our city, and wish that more land could be preserved for people to enjoy the natural beauty.

These photos were taken in January at this wonderful location.

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